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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 11

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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At five o'clock, with the sun slowly dipping toward the tree line, Zooey decides to take matters into his own hands.

Soon it will be getting dark, and what chance to find dinner will he have then? The cats can trap a mouse or catch a bird (hence their lack of urgency), but Zooey prefers his meals prepared, thank you very much.

The trick, he figures, is to situate himself centrally on the block such that when a car turns into its driveway he's already gathering the rolled-up newspaper off the lawn; and by the time the car parks, he stands ready to deliver the paper into the appreciative hands of its owner. From the spot Zooey eventually selects, he can cover any one of eight homes, easy.

Less than ten minutes pass before he earns his first snack.

"Of course they give him food," Bear tells Fup, waiting beside the third house into which the big dog has gained access. "He probably won't let go of the newspaper until they set out a cold cut platter."

Zooey returns moments later in high spirits, bearing news: The brown split-level on the corner (source of snack number two: leftover burger meat) does not house pets. Its backyard isn't fenced. "And they liked me," Zooey confides. "On the odd chance they catch us sleeping on their patio, I'm sure they'll let us stay till morning."

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan

"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel

In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith

Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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